James Marshall discovered gold on January 24, 1848, at Sutter's Mill, beginning the California Gold Rush. That makes this a great week for checking out some historical fiction, kicking off some historical inquiry projects, or even reading some authentic Gold Rush-era letters. Everything you need is on Gold Rush calendar entry. Find other timely classroom activities and ReadWriteThink calendar entries below.
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From the Calendar
- January 20: On this day in 1910, animal rights activist Joy Adamson was born. A KWL chart is used to organize information about lions. Persuasive letters are written lobbying for programs and resources to protect these animals. (For grades K–6)
- January 22: The “1984” Macintosh commercial aired today during Super Bowl XVIII. Original advertisements are created after students review advertising techniques they’ve studied. (For grades 3–12)
- January 23: Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in the US to earn a MD degree in 1849. “Famous Firsts” are researched by students, followed by small group research and multimedia presentations to report research results. (For grades 3–12)
- January 24: Gold was discovered in California in 1848. Students read letters from the Gold Rush and follow up by writing an imaginary letter to a family member about their experience using the Letter Generator. (For grades 3–12)
- January 25: Poet Robert Burns was born in 1759. Students read examples of traditional Scottish ballads and use this information to write and perform their own ballads. (For grades 7–12)
- January 25: NCTE’s Orbis Pictus Nonfiction Award is announced today. Students conduct research and write original works of nonfiction on topics of their choice. (For grades 3–12)
- In February, find lesson plans and activities on the African American Read-In, Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, and more!
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